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4/8/06-Longview

Longview Man Forms Operation Olive Branch

A Longview man who lost his son in a recent shooting, is now dedicated to keeping others from dying the same way. Reverend Dewitt Burks III is busy walking the streets of south Longview talking to young people about making the right choices, in the wake of recent shootings. His son, Dakar Burks, 26, was killed in a shooting incident on Oden Street in March.

Burks has started Operation Olive Branch, and is trying to promote peace and unity in an attempt to take back south Longview neighborhoods. "Our youth are perhaps our greatest resource and we're rapidly losing them to violent crime, we have been forced to deal with this issue its not a pleasant issue," said Burks.

Reverend Burks has met with police on his intervention program. Many in the community and in law enforcement are welcoming his effort.

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